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Preview: Rovers v West Brom

The Blues begin 2019 with a league fixture on home soil

31 December 2018

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Tony Mowbray’s side start the New Year with a return to Ewood Park.

Here’s our guide to the game…

STATE OF PLAY

The Blues sit in 15th position in the Sky Bet Championship table, with 31 points from the opening 25 games of the season. 

Rovers were beaten 3-0 by fourth placed Sheffield United in the final game of 2018, with three goals in the final 15 minutes giving the Blades all three points.

In the reverse fixture, Harrison Reed’s strike ensured Rovers took a point from the Hawthorns earlier in the season.

As always, we'll be bringing you team news and live updates on the game via social media. Fans can follow all the action on our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm. 

TEAM NEWS

Ritchie Smallwood's red card against Sheffield United means he is suspended for the next three games.

Ryan Nyambe missed the last match with a hamstring injury, while Amari'i Bell was absent because of illness and will be assessed.

Craig Conway is not yet ready to return to action and the game will also come too soon for Jacob Davenport. Dominic Samuel and Ben Gladwin remain long-term absentees.  

OUR OPPONENTS

West Brom scored an injury-time equaliser to take a point from their home game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Darren Moore’s men currently lie in third position, two points off the automatic promotion spots.

The Baggies have scored a league high 53 goals so far this season and are on a seven-game unbeaten run.

But they will be without top scorer Dwight Gayle for the trip to Ewood, after the striker picked up a hamstring injury. 

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Tickets are still available for the New Year’s Day match. Click here, call 01254372000 or visit the ticket office to purchase yours.


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